GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is British multinational pharmaceutical company that started way back in 1715 under the name Plough Court Pharmacy as an antecedent of Allen and Haburys by Silvanus Bevan in London. The first drugstore of the company opened in 1830 by John K. Smith in Philadelphia and later his brother, George, joined him to form the John K. Smith & Co. The company evolved with series of investors and inventions such as laxative and became part of a general trading company for Joseph Nathan and Co. This trading company became the foundation and bloomed as Glaxo Company .
GlaxoSmithKline currently maintains product line that includes prescription medicines and vaccines, consumer healthcare products, ViiV Healthcare and Stiefel dermatology. As for the prescription medicines and vaccines, the company produces wide range of treatments including 30 vaccines worldwide. Among the medicines that the company produces include, but not limited to, the following: (i) Adartel; (ii) Advair; (iii) Altabax; (iv) Altargo; (v) Amerge; (vi) Amoxil; (vii) Anectine; (viii) Anoro Ellipta; (ix) Argatroban; (x) Arranon; (xi) Arranon; (xii) Arzerra; (xiii) Atriance; (xiv) Augmentin; (xv) Avamys; (xvi) Avandamet; (xvii) Avandaryl; (xviii) Avandia; (xix) Avodart; (xx) Bactroban. The company produces various vaccine trademarks that include, but not limited to, the following: (i) ACWY Vax; (ii) Ambirix; (iii) Boostrix; (iv) Cervarix; (v) Engerix-B; (vi) Fendrix; (vii) Fluarix; (viii) FluLaval; (ix) Havrix; (x) Hepatryrix; (xi) Hiberix; (xii) Infanrix; (xiii) Infanrix IPV; (xiv) Kinrix; (xv) Menhibrix; (xvi) Nimenrix; (xvii) Pandemrix; (xviii) Pediarix; (xix) Priorix; (xx) Rotarix . At present, GSK collaborates with healthcare providers that specialize in vaccine development such as Agenus. It also collaborates with healthcare providers that produce medicine such as Promacta/Revolade from Ligand Pharmaceuticals. For its research and development, GSK works with Laval University to accelerate the manufacturing of vaccines for Alzheimers. GSK do work with Tres Cantos Open Lab that specializes in compound and screen profiling where automated screening facilities and wide compound library provides resources for exploration on the treatment of Leishmaniasis, Chagas Disease and Human African Trypanosomiasis. Career opportunities in GSK ranges from Research and Development , Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing and Supply and other opportunities with experience in Information Technology, Human Resource, Procurement and Legal knowledge to support the operation. Working within the Research and Development requires knowledge in Pharmeceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. The roles within Manufacturing and Supply require knowledge in engineering, biology or chemistry. Typical work range for sales and marketing include customer account managers, portfolio managers, sales specialists, marketing executives and commercial affairs specialist .
Given the chance and the opportunity, I would like to work with GlaxoSmithKline. I believe that GSK would become a good ground for training and enhancing my skills as they are always in constant search for people with drive for progress, bring superior value to patients and customers and room for growth. Once I finished my course, I believe that I should also continuously look for a working environment that will not only help me flourish as a person, but also as a professional. I also admire the fact that GSK has its research and development division that explores and discovers various medicines and vaccines to assist different kinds of patients. In the future, if I want to join this company, I should strengthen my knowledge in pharmacy, consumer healthcare and various medicines and vaccines produced by GSK. This knowledge will enable me to take leverage that I am not only aware of what is in the market, but also shows them how interested I am to work with their company.
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